Like many of you, reading is my go-to when I need to unwind. As I type this, I’m sitting in front of a fire, enjoying a massive cup of tea, with The Churchill Plot patiently waiting for me to wrap this up and jump in.

Here’s a few of my favorites and what’s on my list to read over the next few months.

Who Has Seen The Wind? by W.O. Mitchell – It’s a classic Canadian book and one I read every year. I used to keep a copy in my glove box until it fell apart, and now I have it as an eBook and paperback.

No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod – It’s my favorite book of all time and McLeod is my favorite author

Causeway by Linden McIntyre – Set back home on Cape Breton Island, Causeway is an incredible memoir by one of Canada’s greatest journalists.

Devil In The White City – Erik Larson  – It’s the true story of America’s first serial killer set against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Larson tells a chilling story without sensationalizing or focusing on the lurid details.

The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America – David R. Stokes – I’ve had the privilege of serving as Editorial Assistant to Stokes on several of his books. He’s written a number of successful historical fiction books as well as screenplays that have been optioned by Hollywood. He’s also written several excellent faith-based non-fiction books. The Churchill Plot is his latest and it’s next on my list. Check out his website at

Ken Follett – I’m a huge Follett fan – Eye of The Needle, The Key to Rebecca, The Century Trilogy are some of my favorites. He’s a great storyteller and I love a good mystery.

David Sedaris -Anything. Seriously, I love every word he’s ever written and I’m so jealous of his wit and talent sometimes I just shut the book and say “Are you kidding me?”

Jenny Lawson – You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head and most of all, you’ll want to be her best friend.

Ms. Understood: Rebuilding the Feminine Equation – Jen Hatmaker

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Charlotte Gray  by Sebastian Faulks

Made to Crave by Lisa Terkeurst

Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Kaleed Hosseini

The Red Tent – Anita Diamont

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Lucky – Alice Sebold

Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

A Forest for Calum – Frank Mac Donald

The Girl In the Green Sweater : A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow – Krystyna Chiger

The Shipping News – Annie Proulx

C.S. Lewis – Just anything by Lewis. There is no bad choice.

The Secret of the Blue Trunk –  Lise Dion

My Grandfather’s Cape Breton – Clive Doucet

Vimy – Pierre Burton

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Night Trilogy – Elie Wiesel

Too Close to the Falls – Catherine Gildner


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